Second Winter Storm Hits Pacific Northwest, Moves East
The nation’s second winter storm, which already left up to a quarter inch of ice in parts of Portland and Eugene, Oregon, is moving east from the Pacific Northwest, and is expected to drop as much as four inches of snow in some places.
Portland can expect to see freezing rain, sleet, and snow on Thursday, with total accumulations by the end of the day totaling between 1” and 3”. As the storm moves further east, Boise, Idaho will likely see between 1” and 3” of snow by the end of the day, with an additional 0.5” expected for Friday. Bozeman, Montana can expect 1” to 2” of snow Thursday night, as well as 1” to 2” of additional accumulation on Friday.
Meanwhile, strong winds preceding the storm in the Pacific Northwest resulted in downed trees and powerlines and 66,000 customers in western Washington and northwest Oregon were without power.
The weather is impacting flights across the country. As of 4:10 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, nearly 200 flights in the United States had been canceled, according to FlightStats, a flight tracking service, with a further 2,635 delayed.
The storm will reach Salt Lake City by Saturday, although accumulation will likely be less than one inch, with similar conditions expected in much of Wyoming and Colorado.
The storm will continue east through Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, and Missouri on Saturday, tapering off as it reaches Chicago on Saturday night.
Expect hazardous driving conditions in the impacted areas, with snow-covered and slippery roads as well as limited visibility.
(Photo: Accura Media Group)